Woodland management plan (PA3): Woodland capital grants 2015

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the woodland management plan item.

Foresters and other land managers can apply for woodland capital grants.

Read the accompanying guidance to find out more about Countryside Stewardship woodland capital grants 2015.

How much will be paid

Threshold Payment
First 100 hectares (ha) £20 per ha (minimum payment £1000)
Over 100ha £10 per ha

Applicants will not receive payment for newly created woodland that is more than 20% of the woodland management plan area.

Where the item is available

This item is available for existing woodlands.

When this item can’t be used:

It can’t be used on woodland:

  • that is less than 3ha in size

  • where there is already a Forestry Commission (FC) approved management plan and only minor changes are needed to meet the current UK Forestry Standard (UKFS)

How this item benefits the environment

This item will help with the cost of producing a management plan for existing woodland that complies with the standard set by UKFS.

A woodland management plan will help:

  • develop and communicate objectives and work proposals for the woodland

  • clearly demonstrate how a woodland area will be managed sustainably and monitored


Successful applicants will need to:

  • produce a detailed 10 year management plan using the FC template (includes guidance), that complies with the standard set by UKFS
  • make sure the plan covers all woodland on the holding or, for larger holdings, all woodland within the same landscape setting

Keeping records

Successful applicants will need to keep:

  • an electronic copy of their management plan

  • any receipted invoices and bank statements related to the work (these must be shown on request)

Published 17 February 2015